George Orwell

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Émile Zola: began ‘Germinal’ on April 2nd, 1884, and finished in time for publication the following spring

‘April is the cruellest month,” claimed TS Eliot in The Waste Land, although the things he blamed it for – the blooming of both flowers and sexual des(...)

 Fintan  O’Toole is nominated for his work in The Irish Times, the Guardian and the Observer. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole has been nominated for the 2017 Orwell Prize for political journalism. Writer Ruth Dudley Edwards has also bee(...)

Regardless of your position on the modern surveillance state, no real new benchmarks in the audacity of western intelligence have been exposed by Wikileaks’ latest files dump. File photograph: Olivier Doulier/Getty Images

How to judge the importance of WikiLeaks’ latest dump of stolen US intelligence files? The whistleblowing site boasts of a trove greater in size than(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “The contradiction means that a Taoiseach elected in 2011 with a mandate for change so huge he could have done anything, leaves having altered little.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Politics has a clear set of goals in theory but is a paradox in practice. Political language, as George Orwell noted, is “to give an appearance of sol(...)

An abandoned car manufacturing plant of in Detroit, Michigan. JD Vance’s memoir sketches the narrative of those who left the US southern states of Kentucky for a better life in the so-called rust belt states up north. Photograph: Eric Thayer

One of the many unintended consequences of the electoral victory of Donald Trump has been a renewed interest in the written word. News publications s(...)

Emily Watson in  Apple Tree Yard: “One of the most fascinating things . . . is her preoccupation with being witnessed. ‘You made me feel important,’ she tells her lover, and her unimportance seems a persistent fear.”

Sting has a tale. The man who wrote Every Breath You Take, the stalker anthem with an appropriately arresting melody, was alarmed to discover that it (...)

US president Donald Trump  may  have pierced a malaise, as more millennials show interest in running for office. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Listen up, haters. The brief reign of Donald the First has been completely head-spinningly nuts so far. But let’s stay calm and look for the silver li(...)

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood speaks during an interview at a hotel in Havana, Cuba on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Canada’s best-known writer Margaret Atwood said it was largely worries about women’s issues after the US election that made her book The Handmaid’s Ta(...)

The Folio Society edition of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso

As hundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the novelist Margaret Atwood began get(...)

 John Hurt in the film of  ‘1984’. Liberal US media have their own versions of thoughtcrime, which include reluctance to publish anything that presents abortion as anything other than an unqualified good

At the time of writing, the number one Amazon books bestseller is George Orwell’s 1984. Orwell’s book added newspeak, thoughtcrime, and unperson to ou(...)

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